You’ve likely heard a fair amount about Mungion in the last couple weeks after their tour van and trailer–containing all their gear, lights, merch, and other valuables–were stolen in Detroit. As the band explained in a statement, “Although we are grateful that everyone is safe, our livelihood was taken from us in the blink of an eye. After going from door to door in the neighborhood, we were able to track down some surveillance video that showed two men breaking in and stealing our van and trailer. Unfortunately, there was not much the authorities or anyone could do. After filing the police report and talking to neighbors, we piled up in a hatchback and drove six hours to New York to play because the show must always go on!”Watch Mungion rip an amazing live in-studio version of “Schvingo” from 2016’s Scary Blankets below via the band’s Facebook page:A matter of days before setting out on their first headlining tour, the band’s entire infrastructure literally disappeared overnight. However, the Chicago community, and the music community at large, banded together to help Mungion in their time on need, raising over $30,000 to replace their gear and their transportation with help from a successful GoFundMe campaign, a local benefit show in Chicago, and even a spot on NBC News Chicago about fans’ supportive response to the situation. In the latest twist of this bizarre story, security camera footage of an armed robbery executed by five men in Dearborn, MI, just a few miles from where Mungion’s van was stolen, showed several of the suspects wearing official Mungion hats—the same ones that were taken with the rest of their belongings.Stolen Mungion Merch Worn In Armed Robbery Of Beauty SalonWhile the band still has a ways to go (donations are still open for the next couple days), thanks to the overwhelming support of the community, Mungion has hit the road for their first headlining tour as planned, including a pair of stops in Colorado, on 9/7 at Globe Hall in Denver and on 9/8 at the first-ever Canyon Jam festival at the Mishawaka Amphitheatre.The Main Squeeze, Mungion, and More Ruled The World at Canyon Jam [Videos]On Wednesday, November 15th, Mungion will make their way to Manhattan for a performance at American Beauty NYC. After the crazy up-and-down saga of the stolen tour van, fans are eager to catch the Chicago quartet live, and the band will surely imbue their performance with the excitement and emotion of their current and ongoing predicament, because as the band says, “the show must always go on!”You can purchase tickets to Mungion’s New York City performance at American Beauty here.[Cover photo via Gary Sheer]
Hasty Pudding presents Pudding Pot to youngest honoree in 54-year history Hasty Pudding’s Woman of the Year honored with tour, parade through the Square Ben Platt named Man of the Year All 17 members of the Radcliffe Pitches a cappella group huddled excitedly in Farkas Hall Friday morning, awaiting the arrival of Ben Platt, Hasty Pudding’s Man of the Year.Hasty Pudding members Nick Amador ’22 and Amir Siraj ’21 paced the foyer, preparing to give the Broadway star a tour of the hall, part of the festivities leading up to the award ceremony in the evening.“I’m so excited. I love ‘Dear Evan Hansen,’” said Amador, referring to the hit Broadway musical that featured Platt in the title role.At 26, the actor and singer is the youngest recipient in the 54-year history of the prize. In his relatively brief career he has had major roles on stage (at age 9, he played Winthrop Paroo in “The Music Man” alongside Kristin Chenoweth), in several television shows (including “The Politician,” for which he won a Golden Globe for best actor), and in films (the “Pitch Perfect” franchise). But his breakout role came in “Evan Hanson,” for which he won a Grammy, a Tony, and an Emmy.“It was really exciting [to win the Hasty Pudding prize] and also crazy to be the youngest,” Platt said. “I don’t feel totally worthy, but I’m excited to be here, and I love theater and musical comedy.”During the tour, which featured displays chronicling the theatrical society’s storied history, Platt took note of some of the previous Hasty Pudding recipients like Meryl Streep — “Everybody wants to be Meryl,” he said — and Rashida Jones, who composed the music for one of the shows.,“I would have assumed she would have written the book or something like that, but I find it very impressive,” he said of the TV and film actor, who also has several screenwriting credits.Platt, known for his role as Benji Applebaum in the wildly popular “Pitch Perfect” movies, got a chuckle from the Radcliffe Pitches’ introduction.“We are the Barden Bellas,” quipped the group’s president, Sophie Webster ’21, referencing the a cappella group from the fictional Barden University around which the movies are centered.Platt was serenaded by the Pitches, gamely joining in for a dance with Sydney McDonald ’21.“They were wonderful,” Platt enthused. “Beautiful blend, beautiful intonation, and they let me dance with them.“They wore beautiful pearls, what’s not to love?” he added.,As the newest winner of the Man of the Year Award, Platt joins the ranks of stars like Ryan Reynolds, Paul Rudd, Martin Scorsese, and Samuel L. Jackson.“Hopefully, it’s just sort of like a fire under my butt to keep delivering and keep earning the title, because I haven’t had much time yet,” he said.Additional scheduled festivities included a celebratory roast at 8 p.m., followed by a press conference at 8:30 p.m. The Hasty Pudding troupe would also perform their production of “Mean Ghouls.”“I am nervous [about the roast],” Platt admitted. “I’ve never been roasted before, but I’m excited. I’m very excited.”,Related Elizabeth Banks is roasted, toasted The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.